Released August 28, 2001
Label - Ardent
1.) Alien Youth
3.) Earth Invasion
4.) You Are My Hope
5.) Eating Me Away
6.) Kill Me, Heal Me
7.) The Thirst Is Taking Over
8.) One Real Thing
10.) Rippin Me Off
11.) Will You Be There
12.) Come My Way
Alien Youth: Review
Review by: Rick Foux (from
cMusicWeb.com) September 2001
TARGET: Planet Earth
OBJECTIVE: Lost Souls
MISSION: Take them to our Leader.
BE STRONGLY CAUTIONED. COME WITH US IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.
The invasion begins with the release of Skillet's fourth rock
child, Alien Youth. Combine the hard, heavy style of Hey You, I Love Your Soul with the more techno-based
Invincible and you have Skillet's most diverse and best album yet.
The title track serves as the hard rock anthem
and opener for the CD. "Alien Youth" is a concept that John Cooper adapted from Hebrews 11:13, about how all who live by faith
admit they are aliens and strangers on Earth. Cooper's theme for the album is that we as Christians need to take over the
world with a passion and fire for God. The chorus of "Alien Youth" pretty much sums up Cooper's mission: "We're taking over
the world, we're the alien youth. We're coming for your soul...we're gonna shake the world, we're the alien youth. We're taking
over..." Not only is it profound, but it rocks! Listeners will notice that the guitars are much more prevalent on Alien
Youth than any previous Skillet album. "Vapor" is a headbanging follow-up that doesn't disappoint, speaking on how finite
life is and what a difference we can make in our short time here. Skillet then takes the Alien Youth concept further
with "Earth Invasion," a more lackadaisical tune that resembles "I Trust You" from Invincible. Next comes the first
ballad and contemporary radio single for the album, "You Are My Hope." It still leans toward a soft rock edge, and the addition
of Korey Cooper's vocals in the background adds a wonderful harmony in this touching love song to God. Track #5 quickly satisfies
the heavy metal appetite with "Eating Me Away," a fan favorite on the album due to its awesome lyrics and oh-so-perfect blend
of electronic rock and techno sampling. "Kill Me Heal Me" begins before you can even tell that "Eating Me Away" is over. This
time there are guitars all 'round; crunchy, electric, bass, you name it. Lori Peters's drum set also amazingly stands out
in this song.
The second half of the CD brings out Skillet's more worshipful side with "Thirst Is Taking Over" and
"One Real Thing." The latter sounds like a modern worship tune while "Thirst Is Taking Over" is your familiar Skillet rock
song in slow motion. Things really heat up with "Stronger," track 9, an almost scary industrial cut that would give even Marilyn
Manson chills. Simply put, "Stronger" rocks hard, with lyrics that make you want to play a rousing game of "Stomp Satan."
Speaking of Marilyn Manson, "Rippin' Me Off," Alien Youth's next hard core track, was inspired when Cooper himself
attended a Manson concert to see what the youth of America were being fed. Needless to say, it sounded something like: "You
say Jesus is doing nothing. You say revolution took his place. There's no God that created the world, and no Savior for the
human race," in which Cooper unashamedly responds, "You say God is dead but you're rippin' me off. You can't infect my mind
with your vanity." What comes next may be the best Skillet ballad yet; "Will You Be There" is a superb duet blending John
and Korey's stellar vocals. That, with tear-jerking, worshipful lyrics, makes "Will You Be There" sure to be a worn spot after
running it through your CD player more than average. "Come My Way," also a ballad, although more mellow than its predecessor,
will have listeners thinking, "What?? The end of the CD already?? It can't be!!" Never fear; Skillet is not one to disappoint.
If you happened to be one of the lucky first 1,000 people to pre-order Alien Youth from Family Christian Stores, the
band has thrown in a special limited edition CD with your worthwhile purchase. Not only is it signed by each Skillet member,
but it includes two previously unreleased tracks and a short commentary by John Cooper on the meaning of "Alien Youth." The
two additional songs are "Heaven In My Veins," a jumpy techno-tune that easily could have fit on the album, and "Always The
Same" from the Invincible pre-release. As if all of this didn't have even the biggest Panheads salivating enough, pop
the disc in your computer's CD-ROM drive and you can watch the "Alien Youth" video!
When it all comes down to a point,
this album is FLAWLESS. Cooper and Co. have done everything perfectly this time around, giving them a tough challenge to top
in the future and proving, once again, that Skillet IS the Christian rock band of the new millennium. Are you ready for the
invasion? Pick up a copy of this album today. If not, we'll abduct you.